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Color question

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by Frosty, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. Frosty

    Frosty Songster

    Mar 30, 2008
    I sent a message to somebody local a few months ago to see if they had any peafowl eggs that they would sell. They replied: right now I am still setting the eggs I get in my incubator. Once my incubator is full I might sell a few eggs. I have blue pied, java muticus-muticus, silver pied, dark pied spalding, and midnight blackshoulder. They are all together, so what the chicks will look like is anybody's guess!

    Fast foward about a month and a half and the same person placed an ad that they are selling rare colored peachicks. They say that they have Midnight, Purple Silver Pied, and Spalding. Assuming they hatched these from their own birds, and going with what they said before (that the birds are all together), is there any way to tell what is what color wise? Can you tell the difference between a Midnight BS and a regular Blue BS as chicks? I would love to have Midnights, but I don't want to buy some and find that they aren't midnight after all. Thoughts, anyone?

  2. Choctaw Valley Farm

    Choctaw Valley Farm Songster

    Jan 16, 2010
    I wouldn't buy peachicks or eggs this way unless I didn't care what they were and I was using them to free range, If you want good Peachicks so you know what they are find someone who cares and keeps good records so you know what you are getting.

    A Midnight BS hen and a Blue BS look alike and you will not know which is which, plus with them running together you will not know what you are getting anyway.
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2011
  3. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

    Jun 10, 2010
    I'd agree, if you want specific colors don't get the eggs from someone who doesn't separate to breed for them. You won't know what you're getting hidden in the genes, and if you wanted to turn around and sell them, you could end up getting a bad rep as not knowing what you are selling either. There are plenty of people who will ship (both eggs and chicks) and who have separated pens.

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